The appearance of Confederate flags along the route of Friday’s Petaluma Veterans Day parade has sparked outrage among some viewers, including San Rafael Rep. Jared Huffman.
“It was just so out of place that I had to do a double-take,” said Huffman, who appeared in the parade riding an old WWII-era Jeep with Petaluma resident Steve Countouriotis, a decorated war hero.
As they drove by Walnut Park — where the parade route began an ended — Huffman and Countouriotis glimpsed three men each holding flags with different insignia: One dangled an official Confederate States of America flag, while another waved the Army of North Virginia Battle flag, and the third held what appeared to be a “South Will Rise Again” flag. Two of them were wearing Donald Trump shirts, Huffman said.
“It stunned me on several levels,” said the congressman, a Democrat who has sponsored legislation to bar gratuitous sales of Confederate flag memorabilia in national parks and to prohibit Confederate memorial displays in national cemeteries. His bills failed in the U.S. Senate but prompted the National Parks Service and U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs to enact their own bans…